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“What this world needs is a new kind of army – the army of the kind”.  ~Cleveland Amory

I believe that kindness is so important today, and it is something that I stress to my students and my little guy regularly.  Being kind to someone is easy to do, the opportunities are endless, and it makes such a big difference someone’s day…there is no good reason not to be kind to others.  Here are a few kindness ideas that you can do or suggest to those in your life to add a little extra sunshine into this world!

*Offer a couple hours of free babysitting to parents

*Donate used books to a library

*Give carepacks to the homeless (can be as simple as a toothbrush/toothpaste, protein bar, bottle of water…something you can have in your car at the ready)

*Help someone with yard work

*Help an elderly person with their groceries

*Hold the door open for the people behind you

*Let someone go in line in front of you

*If someone needs to get into your lane, patiently allow them to go in front of you

*Mentor an at-risk child or teen

*Volunteer (soup kitchen, animal shelter, convalescent home)

*Read to the elderly or to a child

*Return a shopping cart

*Write a letter to someone who made a difference in your life

*If you received excellent service, find out the person’s name and make it a point to tell the manager about his/her awesome customer service

*Pick up trash

*Say good morning

*Send flowers

*collect canned food for a food bank

*cook a meal for someone

*donate blood

*Genuinely ask someone how they are and look them in the eye when they respond, show you care

*introduce yourself to a new co-worker/classmate

*Bring your co-workers/neighbors a special treat…just because

*Be a friend who listens or be a shoulder to cry on

*Give someone one a hug

*Smile

There are so many ways to spread kindness and these are just a few…Think about all the small ways you can make huge impacts.  Being kind is it’s own reward, but humble yourself to know that there will be a time when you could use some extra kindness in your life.  I believe you get out of life what you put into it…and by being kind to others you in turn will reap the benefits of another person’s kindness as well!

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